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A native of Erie, PA, Floyd Lawrence attended Jones Elementary School and graduated from East High School, where he was a member of the swimming and water polo teams. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War and rose to the rank of sergeant while serving as a Marine journalist at Parris Island, SC, and the Great Lakes Naval Training Station.
He holds a B.A. summa cum laude degree from the University of Dubuque in Iowa. He earned a Master’s degree in English from Cornell University. He has also studied film criticism, production, and history at the University of Southern California.
He taught English and journalism at the College of Wooster in Ohio for five years and at Edinboro University for 12 years. For another 15 years he was director of public relations at St. Lawrence University in upstate New York and Occidental College in Los Angeles. He was also an Executive Assistant at the USC School of Cinema and Television.
He once owned and operated a small restaurant in Lancaster (PA) County, where he also taught communications courses at several area colleges. From 1980 to 2011 he was a freelance writer for the Erie Times-News. Assignments included film, theater, and restaurant reviewing as well as occasional travel pieces. His hobbies include cooking, photography and travel. He and his wife, Judy, a retired vice president at United Way of Erie County, share seven children and 11 grandchildren.

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VIEQUES ISLAND, PUERTO RICO 2009

Judy and I returned to Vieques for the second time in February, 2009. ...

Updated: Mar 06, 2009 12:43pm EDT

MANFROTTO

Updated: Feb 10, 2013 12:22pm EDT

MANFROTTO 074 tripod and 3030 3-way head

Updated: Feb 10, 2013 12:29pm EDT

Lourmarin

Near the end of our three weeks in France, Judy arranged for us to lin ...

Updated: Jan 02, 2013 4:54pm EDT

Lourmarin, France

Updated: Jan 02, 2013 4:38pm EDT

Alsace Part 1

For our second week in France, we rented a large one-room apartment in ...

Updated: Nov 05, 2012 2:01pm EDT

PARIS Part 2

Updated: Oct 12, 2012 4:46pm EDT

Picnic August 2012

Updated: Aug 13, 2012 12:55pm EDT

Travel Miscellany One

Updated: Aug 10, 2012 5:13pm EDT

Italian Hill Towns 2005

Updated: Aug 08, 2012 1:06pm EDT

09 Xmas combined

Updated: Jan 12, 2010 10:21am EDT

VIEQUES ISLAND, PUERTO RICO 2008

In late January and early February, Judy and I spent two weeks on the ...

Updated: Feb 24, 2008 6:33pm EDT

Puerto Rico 2007 (West coast)

Judy and I visited Puerto Rico for the second time during two weeks at ...

Updated: Mar 07, 2007 6:53pm EDT

Puerto Rico 2007 (West coast 2)

Updated: Mar 07, 2007 8:17pm EDT

Puerto Rico 2007 (West coast 3)

Updated: Mar 08, 2007 7:58pm EDT

PUERTO RICO 2006 (San Juan)

Updated: Sep 02, 2008 3:51pm EDT

Puerto Rico 2006 (rain forest)

Updated: Sep 02, 2008 4:29pm EDT

SEDONA, AZ, January 2008

Judy and I spent five days at the home of Frances Hill, a friend of mi ...

Updated: Jan 24, 2008 6:25pm EDT

A Travel Sampler

Updated: Nov 08, 2007 6:40pm EDT

Houston, Texas, February 2007

I accompanied Judy to Houston in February between Erie snowstorms. She ...

Updated: Aug 04, 2007 10:37pm EDT

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, 2007

We spent a full day at the 75th Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, whic ...

Updated: Aug 04, 2007 11:33am EDT

Glacier National Park, Montana, August 2006

Updated: Jan 09, 2007 2:12pm EDT

Banff Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada

Updated: Jan 09, 2007 1:12pm EDT

Ben's 7th birthday

Updated: Oct 20, 2007 3:26pm EDT

Joshua's cross-country

Updated: Oct 20, 2007 2:13pm EDT

ARCHIGLAS Russian choir

Updated: Oct 05, 2007 12:26pm EDT

Maggie the athlete

Updated: Jun 26, 2008 10:36am EDT

Elkins, West Virginia

Our two days and three nights in and around Elkins, West Virginia (pop ...

Updated: Nov 07, 2007 4:05pm EDT

Elmer's 4th of July 2007

Updated: Jul 04, 2007 10:24pm EDT

LECOM graduation Class of 2007

Updated: Jun 15, 2007 11:24pm EDT

SOAP BOX DERBY 2007

Updated: Jun 17, 2007 12:20pm EDT

Mayaguez Tropical Agriculture Research Station

We spent over two very pleasant hours touring the Tropical Agriculture ...

Updated: Mar 09, 2007 10:47am EDT

Christmas 2006

Updated: Jan 03, 2007 11:47am EDT

Maggie Lawrence's Christmas concert 2006

Updated: Dec 15, 2006 1:16pm EDT

Dick Brozell's birthday party

Updated: Dec 10, 2006 10:33pm EDT

Thanksgiving 2006

Updated: Nov 24, 2006 1:11pm EDT

Floyd's pic

Updated: Jun 24, 2007 9:25pm EDT

A DAY AT YELLOWSTONE

You won't find Old Faithful here. Been there, done that. But some of t ...

Updated: Oct 20, 2006 12:07pm EDT

DILLON, MONTANA

Some scenes from a summer '06 visit to Dillon, Montana and nearby area ...

Updated: Nov 06, 2007 4:49pm EDT

Elmer's Party

Updated: Jul 30, 2006 11:01pm EDT

Presque Isle State Park July 2006

Updated: Jul 07, 2006 1:06pm EDT

Gregg & Carrie Gebhardt Wedding

Updated: Jun 13, 2006 7:39pm EDT

Ben's Tracy pre-school graduation

Updated: Jun 08, 2006 12:21pm EDT

Kentucky horses and bourbon

In the fall of 2002, my wife and I were guests of the Kentucky State T ...

Updated: Jun 02, 2006 10:12am EDT

Franklin D. Roosevelt home

The Franklin D. Roosevelt home, Springwood, and adjacent museum in Hyd ...

Updated: May 31, 2006 4:02pm EDT

Watkins Glen, NY

Any visit to the Finger Lakes region isn't complete without a visit to ...

Updated: May 30, 2006 10:22pm EDT

West Point luncheon

Graduated cadets have their lieutenant bars pinned onto their uniforms ...

Updated: May 30, 2006 8:30pm EDT

West Point graduation

These were taken at the 2006 graduation exercises at West Point. Our n ...

Updated: May 30, 2006 10:19pm EDT

West Point dinner

Updated: May 30, 2006 6:20pm EDT

Stonegate B&B

Here are some interior and exterior shots of the Stonegate B&B in High ...

Updated: May 30, 2006 4:36pm EDT

EAST HIGH SCHOOL Fifties Reunion, August '07

Erie East High School's classes of the 1950s held their annual reunion ...

Updated: Aug 30, 2007 11:01am EDT

DOBBINS LANDING Summer 08

When I was a kid growing up in Erie, everyone referred to it as the Pu ...

Updated: Jul 06, 2008 3:43pm EDT

DANIEL--on bay and with guitar

Updated: Aug 04, 2009 8:41pm EDT

EAST HIGH SCHOOL 55-year reunion

The East High School Class of 1953 held its 55th class reunion in Augu ...

Updated: Apr 26, 2013 12:02pm EDT

Chris Lawrence in the gym

Here are some shots of my son Chris Lawrence, 42, an Erie police offic ...

Updated: Oct 29, 2008 12:03am EDT

HALLOWEEN 2004-2010

Updated: Nov 01, 2010 11:20am EDT

THANKSGIVING 2008

Updated: Dec 05, 2008 11:13am EDT

DYNAMIC DOZEN

Updated: Apr 15, 2009 3:07pm EDT

CATHOLIC CHARITIES BALL, April 27, 2009

Here are a few shots of the 14th Annual Catholic Charities Ball, "Moon ...

Updated: Apr 18, 2009 1:05pm EDT

GREAT GRANDDAUGHTER SHAYLYN

Updated: Apr 20, 2009 7:40pm EDT

ELMER'S PARTY June 22 '09

Updated: Jun 22, 2009 1:30pm EDT

PAM'S baby shower 6/17/09

Updated: Jun 19, 2009 5:23pm EDT

John Michael Zaycosky

Updated: Jul 23, 2009 3:59pm EDT

JOHN MICHAEL ZAYCOSKY

John Michael Zaycosky, the newborn son of Pam Porter and Michael Zayco ...

Updated: Aug 14, 2009 2:01pm EDT

WHITE EAGLE CRUISE

Updated: Aug 13, 2009 12:33pm EDT

BEES

If you've heard of bee colony collapse disorder, I can tell you where ...

Updated: Oct 12, 2009 3:43pm EDT

Thanksgiving 2009

Updated: Dec 07, 2009 4:28pm EDT

Christmas 09

Updated: Jan 12, 2010 10:10am EDT

Puerto Rico, Vieques Island 2010

Judy and I returned to Vieques for the third time in February, 2010. F ...

Updated: Mar 09, 2010 7:13pm EDT

New York City March 2010

Updated: May 28, 2010 11:47am EDT

JOHN MICHAEL ZAYCOSKY 1ST BIRTHDAY

Updated: Jul 23, 2010 3:12pm EDT

PAM AND MICHAEL ZAYCOSKY WEDDING

Updated: Aug 04, 2010 10:43am EDT

TALL SHIPS, Presque Isle Bay 2010

Updated: Sep 10, 2010 1:49pm EDT

TUCSON Album 1

We bypassed our beloved Vieques island in Puerto Rico as the annual e ...

Updated: Jul 28, 2011 3:32pm EDT

TUCSON Album 2

This gallery begins with a long walk around downtown Tucson, including ...

Updated: Apr 01, 2011 1:44pm EDT

Ryan Binney volleyball

Pics taken during the Ft. LeBoeuf-McDowell volleyball game, Tuesday, A ...

Updated: Apr 06, 2011 1:31pm EDT

TUCSON Album 3

Updated: Apr 25, 2011 1:24pm EDT

Francis "Red" Grandy, Cold War Photographer

On a recent visit to our Adirondack-area friends in the North Country ...

Updated: Jul 05, 2011 2:00pm EDT

Daniel sailing 2011

Updated: Aug 06, 2011 5:08pm EDT

JOHN'S 2nd BIRTHDAY

Updated: Jul 23, 2011 12:07pm EDT

Ryan's Graduation Party 7/30/2011

Updated: Jul 31, 2011 12:36pm EDT

ERIE BLUES FESTIVAL 2011

Updated: Aug 09, 2011 10:51pm EDT

Shaylyn June 2012

Updated: Jul 12, 2012 4:33pm EDT

Italy--Florence 2005

These are pics taken during the Florence and Siena legs of our 2005 tr ...

Updated: May 14, 2012 1:23pm EDT

The Marine experience

I served in the US Marine Corps from June 1953 to September 1956. My f ...

Updated: May 13, 2012 4:31pm EDT

Venice 2005

Updated: Aug 07, 2012 2:21pm EDT

SEVEYS

Updated: Jul 07, 2013 11:26pm EDT

Umbria and Tuscany 2005

Updated: Aug 08, 2012 12:28pm EDT

PARIS 2012 part 1

Updated: Oct 02, 2012 5:56pm EDT

Paris Part 2

Updated: Oct 09, 2012 12:00pm EDT

Sablet & Provence

Updated: Apr 12, 2013 11:06am EDT

Print Samples

Updated: Aug 01, 2013 1:10pm EDT

EHS Class of 1953 60th Reunion

Updated: Aug 25, 2013 3:13pm EDT

PRAGUE Sept. 2013

On September 3, Judy and I departed for a three-week holiday in Centra ...

Updated: Oct 02, 2013 12:07pm EDT

BUDAPEST Sept. 2013

We spent the second week of our three-week Eastern Europe holiday in B ...

Updated: Oct 22, 2013 10:38pm EDT

VIENNA 2013

Updated: Dec 10, 2013 2:27pm EDT

Christmas 2013

Updated: Dec 29, 2013 4:56pm EDT

ST CROIX Feb 2014 Week One

Judy and I escaped NW Pennsylvania winter for three weeks in February. ...

Updated: Mar 26, 2014 2:31pm EDT

ST CROIX Feb 2014 Week Two

Updated: Mar 26, 2014 1:10pm EDT

ST CROIX Feb 2014 Week Three

Updated: Apr 05, 2014 12:05pm EDT

CANON 16-35 II L LENS

Updated: Apr 14, 2014 7:40pm EDT

MOTHERS DAY 2014

The first two pics were taken 3 days before Mothers Day.

Updated: May 11, 2014 2:26pm EDT

JAMIE BILLINGS May 2014

Pictures taken for use in Jamie's high school graduation party invitat ...

Updated: May 19, 2014 4:23pm EDT

Maggie Lawrence graduation, June 3, 2014

Held at the Warner Theatre

Updated: Jun 04, 2014 4:36pm EDT

JOSH PORTER'S graduation 2014

Updated: Jun 12, 2014 7:24pm EDT

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